Winter Storm Watches issued ahead of Wednesday's snows

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Winter Storm Watches for parts of central Illinois Winter Storm Watches for parts of central Illinois

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Watches for parts of central Illinois with the next winter storm waiting on the door step.

As of Tuesday morning, those watches include Ford, Iroquois, Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Coles, Edgar and Warren (Ind.) counties, where the highest accumulations are expected. The watches are set to go into effect Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. (10 a.m. for Warren Co.) and expire early Thursday morning when the snow wraps up.

StormCenter17 Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso says before the snow arrives Wednesday morning, rain will be the first type of precipitation, especially south of I-72. He says the rain will begin after midnight Tuesday night.

The latest snowfall forecast map from StormCenter17 shows 4-6" in parts of the counties under a watch, with significantly lesser amounts farther west.

Snowfall forecast for Feb. 24, 2016

Del Rosso also says the National Weather Service will likely change the watch to a Winter Storm Warning or Winter Weather Advisory once the storm gets closer, depending on the amount of snow they believe will accumulate. 

Along with the snow, strong winds will accompany the storm. Winds will increase overnight to 25 mph with gusts reaching 45 or 50 mph by Wednesday. This will blow the snow around, reducing visibility and impacting travel across the entire area.

Be sure to watch WAND-TV or check back with www.wandtv.com/weather for any updates to the forecast.

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